Opium-fueled Wallabies Create Crop Circles

Confessions of an Australian opium eater. (Kevin Schafer /Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images)

What mysterious causes underlie the existence of crop circles? Alien spacecraft from beyond the stars? Pranksters from the next town over? Or are they actually the work of opium-addicted wallabies? Well, at least in Australia, doped-up marsupials may indeed be the ones to blame.

According to BBC News, Tasmanian attorney general Lara Giddings told Australian parliament that the kangaroo-like wallabies are known to bust into government-controlled poppy fields, munch themselves into a stupor and then proceed to hop around in circles till they crash. Later, the wallabies come back and do it all over again. The article indicates that sheep have also been known to chase the dragon in this fashion as well.

Giddings revealed all this while reporting on opium farm security. Australia actually supplies 50 percent of the world's legal opium crop, which is used to create medications such as morphine. As yet, there is no word on what kinds of freeform jazz or beat poetry the wallabies may also be producing.

Thanks to the unparalleled Jonathan Strickland for bringing this story to my attention!

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.